Anthony Skelton

Associate Professor; Associate Director - Rotman Institute of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy, Western University

Research Area:
History of Ethics
Normative Ethics
Practical Ethics

Rotman Institute of Philosophy
Western University
Stevenson Hall 4126
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B8

Tel: (519) 661-2111 x87953

Anthony Skelton is currently associate professor in the Department of Philosophy. His research focuses on issues in moral philosophy and practical ethics. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto in 2005, where he wrote a dissertation under the direction of Wayne Sumner. In 2004-2005 he was Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. In 2012-13, he was Visiting Scholar at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and a Plumer Visiting Research Fellow at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University. In 2015, he was a visiting researcher at Fondation Broucher. He received the University Students’ Council Teaching Honour Roll Certificate in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy.

To date, my research has focused on three distinct topics, the history and philosophical viability of utilitarianism, the nature of children’s welfare, and method in practical ethics. I am currently working on a monograph on Henry Sidgwick provisionally entitled Henry Sidgwick and the Conflict of Ethics and on a series of papers in which I apply my view of children’s welfare to various problems in bioethics involving the treatment of (especially young) children. My long-term aspiration is to write a history of utilitarianism entitled Utility’s Ambition.

MA Thesis:

Three Accounts of Cognitivist Internalism Undermined.

Doctoral Thesis:

Reasoning Towards Utilitarianism: Learning from Sidgwick

Books:

Bioethics in Canada, eds., Charles Weijer, Anthony Skelton and Samantha Brennan (Oxford: University Press, 2013)

 

Scholarly Articles:

“Children’s Well-being: A Philosophical Analysis”, Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Well-Being, ed., Guy Fletcher, (New York: Routledge, forthcoming).

“Two Conceptions of Children’s Welfare”, Journal of Practical Ethics (forthcoming).

“On Henry Sidgwick’s ‘My Station and its Duties’”, Ethics (forthcoming).

“Utilitarianism, Welfare, Children”, The Well-being of Children in Theory and Practice, eds., Alexander Bagattini and Colin McLeod (Springer, 2014).

“Sidgwick’s Argument for Utilitarianism and his Moral Epistemology: A Reply to David Phillips,” Revue d’études benthanmiennes 12 (2013).

“Utilitarian Practical Ethics: Sidgwick and Singer”, Henry Sidgwick: Ethics, Psychics, Politics, eds., P. Bucolo, R. Crisp and B. Schultz (Catania: University of Catania Press, 2011), 592-633.

“Ideal Utilitarianism: Rashdall and Moore”, Underivative Duty: British Moral Philosophers from Sidgwick to Ewing, ed., Thomas Hurka (Oxford: University Press, 2011), 45-65.

“Henry Sidgwick’s Moral Epistemology”, Journal of the History of Philosophy  48 (2010), 491-519.

“W. D. Ross”, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed., Edward N. Zalta (2010; revised 2012)

“On Sidgwick’s Demise: A Reply to Professor Deigh”, Utilitas 22 (2010), 70-77.

“Sidgwick’s Philosophical Intuitions”, Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics 10 (2008), 185-209.

Critical Notice of Robert Audi, The Good in the Right: A Theory of Intuition and Intrinsic Value. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 37 (2007), 305-325.

“Schultz’s Sidgwick”, Utilitas 19 (2007), 91-103.

“Henry Sidgwick’s Practical Ethics: A Defense”, Utilitas 18 (2006), 199-217.

 

Encyclopedia Entries:

“Singer, Peter (1946-)”, Encyclopedia of Political Thought, ed., Michael Gibbons (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)

“Griffin, James (1933-)”, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, ed., James Crimmins (Bristol: Thoemmes/Continuum, 2013), 186-188.

“Intuitionism”, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, ed., James Crimmins (Bristol: Thoemmes/Continuum, 2013), 280-286.

“Ideal Utilitarianism”, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, ed., James Crimmins (Bristol: Thoemmes/Continuum, 2013), 261-265.

“Rashdall, Hastings (1858-1924)”, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, ed., James Crimmins (Bristol: Thoemmes/Continuum, 2013), 463-465.

“Ross, W. D. (1877-1971)”, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, ed., James Crimmins (Bristol: Thoemmes/Continuum, 2013), 488-490.

“Rashdall, Hastings”, International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed., Hugh LaFollette (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), 4325-4329.

“Sidgwick, Henry (1838-1900)”, Biographical Encyclopedia of British Idealism, ed., William Sweet (Bristol: Thoemmes/Continuum, 2010), 617-624.

“Abortion” & “Human Race (Death of the)” (In French), Dictionnarie de la Mort, ed., Philippe Di Folco (Paris:Larousse, Collection “In Extenso”, 2010), 119-122, 409-411.

“Griffin, James (1933-)”, The Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Philosophers, ed., Stuart Brown (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2005), 348-352.

“Sidgwick, Henry (1838-1900)”, The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers, eds., J. Mander and A. P. F. Sell (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2002), 1018-1028.

“Sidgwick, Eleanor Mildred (née Balfour: 1845-1936)”, The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers, eds., J. Mander and A. P. F. Sell (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2002), 1016-1018.

“Birks, Thomas Rawson (1810-1883)”, The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers, eds., J. Mander and A. P. F. Sell (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2002), 98-100.

 

Scholarly Reviews (Selected):

Of Terence Irwin, The Development of Ethics: A Historical and Critical Study. Volume III: From Kant to Rawls, Philosophical Review (forthcoming).

Of David Phillips, Sidgwickian Ethics, Journal of Moral Philosophy (forthcoming).

Of Fred Feldman, What is this Thing Called Happiness?, Philosophical Quarterly 63 (2013), 395-398.

Of Andrew Irvine and John Russell (eds.), In the Agora: The Public Face of Canadian Philosophy, University of Toronto Quarterly 80 (2011), 244-245.

Of Peter Singer, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty, The Globe and Mail (Saturday, March 14, 2009), F11.

Of Kwame Anthony Appiah, Experiments in Ethics, The Globe and Mail (Saturday, March 1, 2008), D3.

Of Bart Schultz and Georgios Varouxakis (eds.), Utilitarianism and Empire, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, http://ndpr.nd.edu/, July 12, 2006.

 

Invited Talks:

“What Makes a Child’s Life Go Well?”, What is Welfare? Can We Measure it?: An Interdisciplinary Workshop, Institute of Applied Ethics, University of Hull, Hull, UK, November 28-29, 2013.

“On the Ethical Barrier to In vitro Eugenics”, Ethox Centre, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, June 25, 2013.

“What Makes a Child’s Life Go Well?”, Carnegie-Uehiro-Oxford Conference in Practical Ethics: Happiness and Wellbeing, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, June 20-21, 2013.

“Children’s Well-being: A Philosophical Discussion”, St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, May 28, 2013.

“Sidgwick’s Hedonism: A Reply to Kasia de-Lazari-Radek and Peter Singer”, Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, May 6, 2013.

“Utilitarianism, Welfare, Children”, Ethox Centre, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, February 4, 2013, Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, University of King’s College, London, UK, March 27, 2013.

“Two Conceptions of Children’s Welfare”, St. Cross Seminar in Ethics, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, January 31, 2013.

“Remarks on David Phillips’s Sidgwickian Ethics”, Twelfth Annual Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies 2012, New York University, New York City, USA, August 8-11, 2012.

“Fairing Well as a Child,” McMaster University, March 25, 2011, University of Montreal, March 28, 2011, Eleventh Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies, Lucca, Italy, June 23-25, 2011, and Iowa State University, October 28, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter 2009, Sidgwick’s Ethics (graduate seminar)

Winter, 2010, Introduction to Ethics and Value Theory

Winter, 2010, Normative Ethics

Autumn, 2010, Introduction to Ethics and Value Theory

Autumn, 2010, Moore’s Ethics (graduate seminar)

Autumn, 2011, Promises, Promises: Sidgwick, Ross, Scanlon (graduate seminar)

Autumn, 2011, Advanced Introduction to Philosophy

Winter, 2012, History of Ethics: Mill’s Moral and Political Philosophy

Winter, 2012, Introduction to Ethics and Value Theory

Autumn, 2013, Ethics and Society

Winter, 2013, Ethics and Society

Winter, 2013, Utility, Liberty, Equality: The Case of John Stuart Mill

Autumn, 2014, Ethics and Society

Autumn 2014, Meta-ethics

Winter, 2015, Ethics and Society